I lucid dream and get sleep paralysis and nightmares, it's horrible.
Let me put that in context. I lucid dream that I've woken up, and that I'm really late (I can normally see the clock on my bedside cabinet and I guess because I'm short sighted and can't see it IRL until I put my glasses on, my mind makes the time up) - it's called false awakening as someone mentioned. Sometimes I 'wake up' and go to open the curtains to discover that outside there's either nothing or something is really really wrong, like an apocalypse has happened or there's someone dead in the street. It's really horrible to wake up properly and be sweating and anxious because you're scared that you're still dreaming or not want to open the curtains in case the person who was staring through your window in your dream is still there. Sometimes I dream that I've had a phone conversation with someone and I have to check my call records to convince myself that I haven't (I have, in the past, asked people about conversations or text messages etc. that have happened in my lucid dream).
Sometimes if I don't wake up properly enough I can wake up from a nightmare, calm myself down, go back to sleep and go back straight into the nightmare. I used to do it as a kid all the time because I loved the feeling when I woke up, now it just scares me
Sleep paralysis is truly horrendous, I'd rather have lucid dreams or false awakenings than true sleep paralysis. The worst time was when I had a combination of lucid dreaming and sleep paralysis. I heard my mum calling me to get up, so I dreamed that I had started to get out of bed when I suddenly became paralyzed on my front and I could see out of the corner of my eye this clown (similar to the one from It) with massive sharp teeth slowly advancing on me. I've only had it once at uni, I saw a skeletal man at the end of my bed pointing at me and crying.
The trouble I have is that my dreams are and have always been incredibly vivid, but equally so are my nightmares which are currently unfortunately more frequent than my nice dreams as I'm more stressed out right now. Sometimes I wake up from a particularly bad nightmare and it'll take me half a day to shake the anxiety and fear off and I'll be walking around in a bit of a trance/fog for the start of the day. It's not something I would recommend.
Last edited by kiss_me_now9; 14-02-2012 at 00:41.